The event that ushers in spring with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating, family & friend reunions, and the sounds & sights of thoroughbreds thundering past striving for a win. The Block House is the longest running steeplechase in the state of North Carolina occurring continuously since 1947. Crowds of 18,000 to 20,000 attend the Block House Races annually. The National Steeplechase Association sanctions four of the races with total purses reaching $65,000. An amateur division showcasing local jockeys takes place after the Block House Cup feature race.